new OINP Expression of Interest

Ontario launches OINP Expression of Interest Immigration System

Ontario immigration has launched its new OINP Expression of Interest system, as first announced in September 2020, with two of the five linked Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) streams. The remaining three are expected to be added in the near future.

According to the OINP webpage, the new OINP Expression of Interest system is open for intake for both the Foreign Worker and International Student streams of the Employer Job Offer Category.

The three remaining streams covered by the OINP Expression of Interest system are Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills, Masters Graduate and Ph.D. Graduate.


See also Ontario to introduce Expression of Interest system for 5 OINP immigration streams.

The OINP Expression of Interest system will remain open throughout the year and you can register an expression of interest at any time.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Once registered, an EOI profile is valid for 12 months or until an invitation to apply is received.

What does this mean for Ontario immigration?


The new system will enable OINP to more strategically manage intake, increase the OINP’s labour market responsiveness and better respond to regional labour market needs.

Based on the huge successes of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) used in the federal Express Entry system, many Canadian provinces have adopted an EOI-based approach to selecting candidates through their Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Using a points-based EOI selection system enables provinces to prioritize candidates with certain skills  or demographic characteristics that meet regional labour market needs. An EOI system also enables provinces to streamline the selection process.

According to Ontario, the Expression of Interest system would allow Ontario to:
• Increase the OINP’s labor market responsiveness and better respond to regional labour market needs;
• Strategically manage high demand for the OINP thereby creating more predictability for applicants and employers; and
• Manage OINP intake in a way that prioritizes the most suitable applicants

Previously, the five OINP streams used a first-come first-served approach for accepting applications. This means that applications are only accepted during designated intake periods. Many of the five OINP streams have been troubled by application intake challenges in the past. For example, both the Masters Graduate and Foreign Worker streams often open for only a matter of minutes before reaching capacity and closing again. This first-come first-served approach has been criticized for unfairly advantaging individuals with better computer and internet connectivity and the ability to monitor the program constantly for future intake rounds. 

See also Municipal Nominee Program – New Pathway to Immigrate to Canada.

The new system will change that. Now candidates who want to apply for immigration through one of the OINP streams can register an EOI profile at any time. They do not have to wait until a scheduled intake period.

Register an expression of interest

  • create a profile in the OINP e-Filing Portal
  • read the applicant requirements for your stream and ensure that you are eligible
  • register an expression of interest for one or more streams

The information you provide in your expression of interest must be accurate at the time you register or update your expression of interest.

You can only register one expression of interest per OINP stream at any given time.


There is no fee to register an expression of interest. If you are invited to apply to the program, you will be required to pay an application fee at that time. Application fees differ by stream.

How does the new OINP Expression of Interest System work?

Individuals would register with the OINP and be placed in a selection pool similar to the federal Express Entry system pool. Individuals would then be required to provide personal information and other labour market and/or human capital information that would form the basis of any Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Once submitted, your expression of interest registration will then be entered into a selection pool. Each OINP stream has its own selection pool. All candidates registering for the same stream will be placed in the same selection pool.

Points will be awarded based on the following attributes:

  1. Level and field of education and where they completed their studies.
  2. Proficiency in English or French.
  3. Intention to settle outside of the Greater Toronto Area.
  4. Skill and work experience level, earnings history, other factors relevant to prospects in Ontario job market.
  5. Labour market needs in the province or region of the province.

Ontario will then invite highest scoring candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

An EOI registration does not guarantee that you will receive an invitation to apply. The OINP will notify you or your representative if you have been invited.

Receiving an invitation is not the same as getting a provincial nomination from Ontario. You will have to meet all the eligibility requirements of the stream you are applying for in order to be nominated.

OINP Expression of Interest registration is valid for up to 12 months or until you receive an invitation. You may also choose to withdraw your registration. After 12 months, your EOI will be deleted automatically.

If you receive an invitation to apply but do not submit an application or fail to apply within the required timeline, your expression of interest will be removed from the stream selection pool (expressions of interest you may have registered for other streams will not be removed).

You will receive an email notification that your expression of interest has been removed from the selection pool. You may register a new expression of interest at any time.

What are the scoring factors and points?

The answers you provide to each question in your expression of interest registration will be scored based on several scoring factors. OINP will score your answers using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system to assign points to your job offer and Canadian work experience. Find your job’s NOC to determine its skill level and type.

Here are the scoring factors as listed on the Ontario government webpage:

Job offer: NOC skill level

(Not applied to Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams.)

  • NOC Skill Level A – 10 points
  • NOC Skill Level B – 8 points
  • NOC Skill Level C – 0 points
  • NOC Skill Level D – 0 points

Job offer: NOC type

  • NOC Type 0,1,2,3,9 – 10 points
  • NOC Type 4,5,6,7,8 – 5 points

Job offer: wage

(Not applied to Masters Graduate or PhD Graduate streams.)

  • $40 per hour or higher – 10 points
  • $20 to $39.99 per hour – 5 points
  • Less than $20 per hour – 0 points

Canadian work experience: length


  • 12 Months or more – 4 points
  • Less than 12 months – 0 points

Canadian work experience: NOC Skill Level

  • NOC Skill Level A – 3 points
  • NOC Skill Level B – 0 points
  • NOC Skill Level C – 0 points
  • NOC Skill Level D – 0 points

Canadian work experience: earnings history

  • $40k or more earnings in a year – 3 points
  • Less than $40k earnings in a year – 0 points

Highest level of education

  • PhD – 10 points
  • Masters – 8 points
  • Bachelors or equivalent – 6 points
  • College diploma or trade certificate – 5 points
  • Less than college or trade certificate – 0 points

Field of study

(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams)

  • Engineering – 10 points
  • Health care – 10 points
  • Math and Computer Science – 9 points
  • Business and Administration – 7 points
  • Trades – 7 points
  • Social, Legal, and Education – 6 points
  • Arts and Humanities – 5 points

Canadian education experience

(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams.)

  • More than one Canadian credential – 10 points
  • One Canadian credential – 5 points

Official language ability

(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams.)

  • CLB 9 or higher – 10 points
  • CLB 8 – 6 points
  • CLB 7 – 4 points
  • CLB 6 or lower – 0 points

Knowledge of official languages

(Not applied to Foreign Worker or In-Demand Skills streams.)

  • 2 Official Languages – 10 points
  • 1 Official Language – 5 points

Regional immigration: location of job Offer

(Not applied to Masters or PhD streams.)

  • Outside GTA – 10 points
  • Inside GTA – 6 points

Regional immigration: location of study

(Not applied to Masters or PhD streams.)

  • Outside GTA – 10 points
  • Inside GTA – 6 points


Strategic priorities

(To address immediate labour market needs in the province or a region of the province.)

As determined by OINP on the expression of interest system invitation to apply webpage – 10 points (if in use).

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.